Upwork Pricing Policy

Upwork New Pricing Policy: Does Upwork try to lose its market?

Today morning I just wake some early because one of my client Dr.Starwynn have to start an email campaign and I have to finish his work as soon as possible. So I just open my Outlook because he promised me that he will send me the logo for that campaign. I was just rubbing my eyes and found an email from Upwork at the top with subject “An important update to Upwork’s pricing”. Suddenly some energy open my mind and with shocking eyes I open that email. I just forgot my client’s work at that time. What I see is that

upwork email

So as per Upwork these are the fees which we have to pay:

  • 20% for the first $500 we bill our client across all contracts
  • 10% for total billings with our client between $500.01 and $10,000
  • 5% for total billings with our client that exceed $10,000
  • For example, if we begin an hourly or fixed-price contract with a new client for $600, we’ll be billed 20% on the first $500 and 10% on the remaining $100.

Here’s what our net earnings will look like over time, as a percentage of what your marketplace client is billed:


I really disappoint with this decision. While Imprecating Upwork my eyes again goes to point which says 5% for total billings after exceeding $10,000. This shocked me again. Does people have order above the $10,000 with single client? This really makes me curious.

Without losing my single second I just type https://community.upwork.com and what I see “UPWORK NEW PRICING” the hot topic. With more than 45000+ Kudos and 700+ replies. This is the figure of just one thread, there were many more regarding this topic. I read people’s comments for nearly 4 to 5 pages. And they all were shocked and angry on Upwork’s New Pricing Policy.
There was a comment of Signe J(Uowork’s Freelancer). She was really disappointed with Upwork new policy. Here is her post


After reading her and other freelancer comments I just decided to switch to other Freelancing Platform. But what about my profile, Upwork just screwed everything.

I just want to request Upwork, please take back this decision. Because 10% fees are already too high and jumping from 10% to directly 20% is not a justice.

Please share your comments about Upwork New Policy. And share this post, it might be possible that Upwork takes back its decision.

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